The Best Mousses to Give You Perfect Hair

Shannon Farrell

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It probably goes without saying, but we love a good makeover—and not just the kind spotted on the red carpet. When we see products getting makeovers, we admit it: we get a thrill.

And the latest product to get a complete makeover? Mousse. That’s right. Say goodbye to the dry, crunchy curls created by the mousses of the 90s; today’s generation of mousses create hair that is soft and non-sticky, boosting volume like we always wished their old school counterparts would have. Hairstylists use the product to add texture, volume and hold all-in-one to braids, ponytails and updos. And they work on any hair type because they don’t add weight.

Convinced? Maybe it’s time to try a new mousse yourself. Check out our slideshow of the best formulas on the market that promise height, volume and texture, with none of that 90s crunch.

The Best Mousses to Give You Perfect Hair

Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Soufflé Mousse

This drugstore buy is the epitome of luxe for less. The formula is so light-weight you can apply from root to rip without weighing strands down. This mousse is perfect for creating lightly messy spring braids.

Wen Nourishing Mousse

Wen Nourishing Mousse

From the brilliant brain of hair god Chaz Dean comes this amazing mousse. Not only does it pump up strands and create bounce, but the formula also conditions and contains peptides and B vitamins that work together to strengthen the hair over time. Plus, it comes in three fragrances: Sweet almond mint, pomegranate and lavender.

Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse

Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse ($4.99)

This product is formulated specifically for curly girls, but unlike mousses of years past, it leaves each curl touchably soft and defined—never dry and crunchy.

Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse

Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse

The hold may be light, but this mousse’s hold lasts all day. It’s a must for days when a hair touchup isn’t is the cards. The hair remains full, bouncy and frizz-free, even through humidity, which is definitely going to become a bonus as the weather gets warmer.

Bumble and bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse

Bumble and bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse

This runway favorite contains shaping polymers that provide a super-strong grip—making it our go-to for updos that need a bit of rough texture and volume.

Kérastase Volumactive Mousse

Kérastase Volumactive Mousse

This multitasker, targeted specifically for fine hair, doubles as a heat protectant when coated from root to tip. We love products that multi-task, and anything that gives us volume AND protects from damage is good in our book.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Building Mousse

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Building Mousse ($5.99)

Volume is a given, right? Well this formula also contains panthenol, a protein that helps to strengthen each individual strand. Stronger hair, fablous hold AND amazing volume? NEED.

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